THE HYDRO NATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2024 – OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is part of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation strategy. The objective of the strategy is to develop the economic, environmental, and social value of Scotland’s water resources. The Hydro Nation Scholars play an important role in supporting this by:
- Developing understanding of how and where best to develop the value of Scotland's water resources.
- Focusing on enhancing Scottish capacity in areas of existing research excellence.
- Providing new research and insights where there are gaps related to water resources in Scotland.
Projects with international elements will be expected to recognise and reflect in their design the key territories set out in the Scottish Government’s International Development Framework. Projects in other territories can be considered, but priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a clear understanding of recent or current Hydro Nation international activity.
The Programme and the associated graduate school are managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Hydro Nation International Centre at the James Hutton Institute and steered by an Executive Group (HNSPEG) drawing on Scotland’s water policy, industry, and academic network.
The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is an open competition for project topics and then for PhD Scholars to undertake approved projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.
Full funding is available from the Scottish Government (to host institutions via the Scottish Funding Council) for up to 7 PhD scholarships. Both overseas and domestic students are eligible to apply. Domestic and overseas scholars are defined according to a Scholar's status for University admissions. The funding available will be in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees. Currently these are:
- National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2023/24 is £18,662
- Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2023/24 is £4,712
- International fees are awarded at the UK research organisation rate
Scholars will be funded for 4 years and all fees and stipend will be covered. The Scholarship will support research-related costs up to a maximum of £10k for four years. Exceptional costs, for example, additional research costs, travel costs and placement costs during the scholarship will be negotiated with the HNSPEG.
Scholars will benefit from specialised programmes provided under the auspices of the Hydro Nation Graduate School.
The scholarship may involve periods of research at a water related institution, such as Scottish Water, the Scottish Government, SEPA, or industry. The HNSPEG will liaise between the applicant and the water organisation to develop this link, following appointment of the Scholar. Please do not contact a placement partner before application.
The following projects are now available for applications:
- Flow Physics Based Tracking of the Fate of Plastic Waste in Rivers and Coastal Waters – Dr. Anirban Guha, University of Dundee; Dr Alan Cuthbertson, University of Dundee.
- New materials for the capture and photocatalytic destruction of “forever chemicals” – Professor Peter Cormack, University of Strathclyde; Dr Reiner Sebastian Sprick, University of Strathclyde; Dr Filipe Vilela, Heriot-Watt University.
- Developing the potential of aquatic plants to attract, trap and assimilate waterborne AMR pathogens and microplastics – Professor Richard Quilliam, University of Stirling; Professor David Oliver, University of Stirling; Professor Nigel Willby, University of Stirling.
- In-situ electrogenerated persulfate activated by functionalised sludge biochar for sustainable removal of antibiotics and other emerging contaminants from waters – Prof Zulin Zhang, The James Hutton Institute; Prof Ondrej Masek, University of Edinburgh.
- Harnessing hidden rivers: potential for low-carbon heat energy generation from culverted urban streams – Dr Neil Burnside, University of Strathclyde; Dr Doug Bertram, University of Strathclyde.
- Novel low-cost in-situ mitigation of chemicals of concern and AMR by graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) photocatalysis – Dr Carlos J. Pestana, Robert Gordon University; Professor Linda A. Lawton, Robert Gordon University.
- MICROTRACE: developing novel tools for quantifying microplastic and contaminant sources from different land management systems to inform water quality mitigation – Dr Miriam Glendell, The James Hutton Institute; Dr Sandhya Devalla, The James Hutton Institute; Dr Eulyn Pagaling, The James Hutton Institute; Dr Kyari Yates, Robert Gordon University.
- Sewage-sludge biochar for resource recovery: A circular and low carbon solution for wastewater treatment plants – Dr Szabolcs Pap, University of the Highlands and Islands; Dr Mark Taggart, University of the Highlands and Islands; Tamsyn Kennedy, Scottish Water; Dr Boris Agarski, University of Novi Sad.
- NANO-REACT: In Situ mitigation of chemical pollutants using novel nanocellulose based composites in tandem photocatalytic-biotic reactors – Dr Sandhya Devalla, The James Hutton Institute; Dr Kyari Yates, Robert Gordon University; Dr Xavier Alexis Walter, The James Hutton Institute.
- Nature-based solutions for water resilience: enabling improved water management in Scotland's rural communities – Dr Christopher White, University of Strathclyde; Dr Kerry Waylen, The James Hutton Institute; Prof Lindsay Beevers, University of Edinburgh.
- Modelling and mitigation of N2O emissions from water treatment – Carlos Domingo-Felez, University of Glasgow; William T. Sloan, University of Glasgow; Gavin Melaugh, University of Edinburgh.
- Transforming to a water-resilient future: Place-based wastewater innovation pathways – Dr Fiona Henderson, Glasgow Caledonian University; Dr Diana Valero Lopez, The James Hutton Institute; Dr Karin Helwig, Glasgow Caledonian University.
- Nature-based water infrastructure assets: self-maintaining and future-proofed? – Dr Leo Peskett, Heriot-Watt University; Dr Claudia Aravena, Heriot-Watt University, Dr Mark E. Wilkinson, The James Hutton Institute.
NOTES FOR APPLICANTS
- To apply for any of above projects, please visit FindAPhD.com.
- The projects will be advertised from Monday 13th November 2023 to Wednesday 10th January 2024. Please visit FindAPhD.com to view the full project adverts and the contact details of the primary supervisor.
- Applicants are strongly advised to make an informal enquiry about the PhD to the primary supervisor well before the final submission deadline.
- Applicants must send a completed application form (available below), their Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter to the primary supervisor by the final submission deadline of 10th January.
- Eligibility: Applicants should have a first-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a 2.1 honours degree plus Masters (or equivalent).
- Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 7th or 8th February 2024.
- Although approved for advertisement, this does not mean that the project has been successful in securing the funding from the Scottish Government.
- PhD candidates for approved advertised projects will be interviewed with recommendations made to the Scottish Government, who will take the final decision on the award of Scholarships.
Summary timetable for recruitment for 2024
Advertisement of Approved Projects
13th November 2023
Deadline for Scholar Applications
10th January 2024
PhD Scholar Interviews
7th and 8th February 2024
Final Decisions on PhD Scholars
Late February 2024
The HNSP Scholar Application form for the 2024 call can be downloaded here.